You want to limit background programs?


How do I remove program icons on the Taskbar for programs that are running in the background. My pc is bogging down and I want to limit programs running in the background.


This question was answered on March 4, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Look in the task bar, right side.

You will see any number of items: Anti-virus, Firewall, Spy-Bot , etc These are programs that are performing functions without user input.

The whole purpose of Windows was to give you an operating system that would support doing more than one thing at a time Some of us old Dos hacks used to 'multitask' with Desqview - a Dos program that would permit multi-tasking and task-switching without the overhead of running Windows 3 In Windows, you can run as many programs simultaniously as you would like - up to the limit of your machine Everything in your system's task bar - the bar at the bottom with all the boxes in it - is running in the background (except for the one that is highlighted) and so are all the icons in your system tray (the icons by the clock) All will continue to do their appointed tasks in the background until they need user input.

If you consider that you don't need any of these programs, just uninstall them rightaway, or just turn them off I don't recommend you do this with your anti-virus.

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Posted by Eramilde of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 4, 2005